Permanently Closed - Portofino

4.7
1182 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Portofino features an inventive menu of Italian and American cuisine. Located in a beautifully renovated building on Main Street in downtown Lexington, KY, Portofino has an elegant interior design, a menu with the highest quality ingredients, and an extensive wine list. The menu offers fresh food from local producers as well as the best ingredients from around the world. Portofino has earned the Wine Spectator Award seventeen years in row, from 2003 through 2020 and is proud to offer such a rich and varied selection. The staff at Portofino is committed to providing their guests with the finest dining experience possible.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and Great staff. Will miss it.

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MidwayFan
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Portofino. We had our wedding reception in the side glassed room 20 years ago. We will be so so sad to see it close.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will miss this place!!

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Scott
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual. So sad to see that this place is closing at the end of the year.

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vipdanihe
Nashville
163 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive bourbon list and good wine list
We decided not to have an appetizer as I had read about the excellent desserts! Bread came out with a soft, herb cheese which was unexpected and delicious. I had the duck risotto which was AMAZING! It wasn’t too big and the mixture of duck, brussel sprouts and dried fruit really worked well. My husband had the veal meatballs which he enjoyed eating very much. We shared a salted caramel cheesecake and had coffee and bourbon. Overall the food was excellent, good quality ingredients and tasty. Wine was good and the service was extremely friendly and helpful. We hear that the restaurant is closing at the end of this year and are sad that we won’t get the chance to go back.
Thanks for a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I were celebrating 1 year together, great wine selection, our meal was lovely and we enjoyed a delicious tiramisu desert at the end. Great spot.

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GreatPlaceforDinner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great service. Food was fabulous. The Giardiniera was really spicy, which was awesome. Normally when you go to a restaurant the spice level is meant to appease the common palate, and nothing is really spicy. This was perfect for me, but most could not handle.

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vipCallman
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Love the brunch menu and food was good... i added sausage to the Bolongese...$10... when it finally arrived, everyone in our party was done, and my Bolongese cold, it was sliced and a really small portion... for $10 add on, i'd expect a decent portion... no one offered to get me a fresh Bolongese which i of course wanted to add the sausage to.

Issues happen everywhere...it is a matter of how a nice restaurant handles issue when they arise.

FYI - they did not charge me for the sausage...maybe that is why the portion was so small?

Regardless, we have been before a few times, and we will be back. Food is great... this is the 1st time we had a situation.

JK
vipJamesK
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great, food portions were very small for the price.

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Wilfred
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food and service were very good. I accidently left my hat there, and I called two days later and they had it.
very COVID conscience , and comfortable.

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Tyler
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and amazing. Staff was nice. Food was delicious

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vipKcadams
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place would return and recommend to others as well

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ChrisB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I was visiting my daughter at college and wanted to take her to a nice dinner. after The atmosphere was great, but the server appeared agitated that I brought two college girls to dinner.

The Artisan Cheese/Charcuterie Appetizer was not impressive.Very little substance and the amount of cheese and meat was not sufficient at all. I ordered the Lasagna which was very dry. The girls ordered Tortellini Florentine which looked far better than my dish. The waiter warmed up after he saw we weren’t ordering the cheapest items on the menu and after I ordered a martini.

Overall the location and atmosphere is very nice, but the service and food didn’t seem to match the ambiance. I would give them another chance, as anyplace can have an off night.

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vipTZimmAA
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visits to our son in Lexington and when we want to share a special meal, this place never disappoints! We love the ambiance of the outdoor section, and were looking forward to that with the Covid situation. The weather was too chilly and they were able to safely accommodate us indoors and we felt completely safe. The attention to detail was remarkable and we enjoyed a nice welcome from the Manager as well. Highly recommend sharing a bottle of wine here. They have a beautiful selection to chose from 🍷. Jordan was our server and we found his service very welcoming and attentive.

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TomT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best of Lexington’s standards, Portofino is easy to find, has great parking, excellent attentive service, and a deep menu specializing in Italian fare.

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BarbaraO
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varied menu with several options I wanted to try. We both went with savory dishes. I had a skillet frittata and hubs had the grits and sausage. Both had plenty of flavor and very filling. We plan to visit again soon to try more items on the menu,

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LizM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome! Met with friends and closed the place down, we had such a great time!

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Grendel
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The bruschetta was fabulous and I will definitely have it again. My dinner was okay.. the water warned me about the sea bass but I thought I'd try it. I should have gone with the grouper special or the lobster ravioli. My husband enjoyed his chicken alfredo.

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vipFrancesK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cameron was so attentive and professional. We enjoyed our interaction with him.

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vipBucky
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal and drinks at Portofino in Lexington, KY. We shared the cheese appetizer and the scallops dinner. The spicy mango margarita was a nice treat for those who like a little bit of spice with their meal. Service by our waiter Jordan was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and great food.

MJ
MarionJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Portofino for brunch. The menu was impressive making it hard to choose what to sample . Our food presentation was wonderful, the food itself was delicious and the service was very pleasant. This is a restaurant we will go back to and recommend to others.

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vipPauls
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. The food and drinks were great.

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TiffanyT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food. I just wish it was better service. I really enjoyed the food.

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viptakeme2dinner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

very nice outdoor dining- would definitely come back to try indoor dining this winter

BY
vipBobbieY
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. One of the nicest outdoor eating spaces in Lexington!

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EricS
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food poorly prepared. Risotto was rice pilaf with vegetables. Too spicy. Told we would have outdoor seating, but not available at arrival.

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EliseS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Classic American Italian food in a nice setting. The patio is adorable if it is nice out. Servings are large, food is good but maybe a tad overpriced for quality. Overall nice for an ambient dinner.

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JohnD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In my 10+ years of dinning at Portofino's I have yet to have a negative experience. Thank you for your consistent strive for excellence!

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vipStevenS
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and great service.

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vipKRB1
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner outside. Will definitly be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on the patio. The pasta and seafood dishes we are were delicious, the drinks were awesome, and the service was top notch. I’ve lived here a long time, had never been to Portofino. Now it will go into our rotation. Loved it!

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DanaH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for brunch and loved it. The food and service was excellent.

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vipRohde
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good food, for a good price. We sat on the patio which was very nice. I had the bolognese with veal meatballs which was very good. My daughter, as usual ordered pasta with red sauce, and cleaned her plate. My wife had a steak, ordered medium rare, but came medium, she ate half of it and said it was "fine". Service was just OK, I think the server had a lot more tables then usual as it seems hard to hire folks, and or the business most times don't justify the cost. I would recommend, and would visit again.

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vipBobbieY
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of THE MOST beautiful outdoor spaces paired with terrific food & service. Great evening!

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LexingtonFoodie
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always delicious and the patio is like being on vacation somewhere far away!

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HARK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portofino is a great restaurant! The food is always delicious.

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vipcuriousg3
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kristen gave us exceptional service. Portofino is one of our favorites.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spicy pasta dish ever. Michael our server was excellent

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Permanently Closed - Portofino is rated 4.7 stars by 1182 OpenTable diners.